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Written by Catherine Thompson

Feb 27

2014

“Hunger Through My Lens” Project Captures Big “Picture” of Poverty

When you think of the “typical” person who is hungry in DC, do you picture a man standing on a street corner with a cardboard sign asking for change as commuters rush by?

At Legal Aid, hunger and poverty are often very much a part of our clients’ lives, but those things by no means define them. They all have different stories to tell, and they have diverse backgrounds in terms of race, ethnicity, age, gender, and work history. In particular, the lives of our clients challenge the stereotype that everyone living in poverty and receiving public benefits – such as food stamps – is unemployed or chooses not to work.

Hunger Through My Lens,” a photography project sponsored by Hunger Free Colorado and recently featured in a PBS news segment, also questions these stereotypes, with eye-opening results. Read more →